Rethinking Public Engagement
and Collaboration
The critic is not the one who debunks, but the one who assem-
bles. The critic is not the one who lifts the rugs from under the
feet of the naïve believers, but the one who offers the partici-
pants arenas in which to gather. The critic is not the one who al-
ternates haphazardly between antifetishism and positivism like
the drunk iconoclast drawn by Goya, but the one for whom, if
something is constructed, then it means it is fragile and thus in
great need of care and caution.
Bruno Latour, “Why Has Critique Run Out of Steam?”
On June 25, 2013, President Barack Obama delivered
a “new national climate action plan.” He began by
talking about the Apollo 8 mission in 1968 and the im-
ages of the “blue planet” they brought back that trans-
formed perceptions of the earth and humanity. He in-
troduced new targets for carbon emissions as well as
changes to domestic regulation and foreign policy. But
it was Obama’s challenge to the American public that
stood out as I put the finishing touches on this book:
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